Who We Are
We keep Christ at the center of our community because we believe that Jesus is alive and present with each of us. There are people of many unique backgrounds, perspectives, and identities at Solomon’s Porch, and we celebrate that diversity. Keeping our focus on Christ–rather than on our differences in beliefs or experiences–allows us to authentically connect with one another, with God, and with ourselves.
We believe that Jesus transforms our hearts, our lives, and the world around us. Our connection to Jesus compels us to act–to seek justice, to show compassion, and to bring God’s kingdom to earth, as it is in Heaven.
At Solomon’s Porch, we believe that the Spirit of God is moving among us. We seek to be a community that listens carefully to what God is saying in our hearts. Because we believe that the Spirit is living within each of us, it means we value every voice in our community.
As we worship together, we hope to follow the Spirit’s leading and trust that others are doing the same. Some are led to sit in quiet meditation. Some dance, sing loudly, or lift their hands in the air. Some might need to crochet or draw to keep their hands busy. Some are led to pray in other languages, while others are led to prepare their hearts for communion. All of these forms of worship represent the diversity of the children of God.
Throughout recent history, many Christian churches have developed a reputation of exclusion. Here at Solomon’s Porch, we strive to be a different kind of church.
We believe that lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, and queer folks are made in the image of God. We believe that God celebrates LGBTQ+ people as they are. This means that we encourage LGBTQ+ individuals and families to participate fully in the life of our community, take part in communion and baptism, and serve in all leadership capacities. We are honored to celebrate same gender weddings, as well as naming ceremonies or re-baptisms for transgender people.
We want to be a community that includes and celebrates all people, regardless of their gender or sexuality. If you have more questions about what this means for us, you can reach out to Pastor Elijah at any time.